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Not exactly America’s trump card

(Photo by Chelsea Kemp/The Weal)

By now, just about everyone has at least something to say about the tirade that is President Donald Trump.

Trump loves to tweet. Since his election on Nov. 8, 2016, he has posted nearly 2,900 tweets, an average of about seven tweets per day.

Views on Trump’s online activity vary quite drastically. Ranging from those who simply find it humorous, to some who are genuinely afraid of what this man might cause.

“He’s an idiot,” said SAIT Baking and Pastry Arts student, Elanna Foley.
“He needs to be cut off from speaking his mind in that way.”

Trump’s posting habits can be loosely analogized to a fire hydrant with a Twitter account. The amount of content he outputs on a daily basis is consistently en masse and without filter.

It’s odd that Trump chooses to use Twitter as his primary social media platform. Arguing for the purposes of being the devil’s advocate, his activity does garner consistent media attention.

“Publicity, both good and bad, is always good,” said Gino Tu, a student of architectural technologies at SAIT.

“He has access to people, he’s able to gain a lot of recognition and popularity,” said Tu.

“A lot of the posts I’ve seen from him are not appropriate, immature and don’t present [him] professionally,” said Nathaniel Peñas, a SAIT Baking and Pastry Arts student.

Some advice from SAIT students to Trump include, “stop twittering,” or “be human.” On the flipside, others refused to entertain the idea of talking about him, referring to him as a “lost cause.”

A common sentiment shared on campus is how Trump is a great example of how not to behave in the context of professionalism.

Peñas said he is concerned Trump’s actions may influence what students define as acceptable behaviour both professionally and personally.

“We should use his actions as a way to create a better image of ourselves,” said Peñas.

Third-year electrical trade student, Matt Brideson, said he thinks it is funny how the President of the United States is allowed to get away with saying what he does on a daily basis.
“It’s funny but ridiculous,” said Brideson.


“He’s obviously not good for his position, he should be more thoughtful about what he says.”

Although Trump’s actions do not directly influence us as students in Canada, they still create ripples that have an adverse effect on the country due to our shared border with the United States.

“He’s poking a bear; a very big and very scary bear,” said Foley.

On Nov. 2, 2017, Trump’s Twitter account was taken down from the servers by a rogue employee who thought it would be funny to do so on their last day working for Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, a great many Twitter users took the 11 minutes that Trump’s account was offline to openly rejoice that they wouldn’t see any more outrageous boasts, odd syntax, insults or misinformation.

Twitter user Madeline Hill (@mad_hill) said, “I think we just came together as a nation for 23 seconds.”

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